Industrial Pulley Light

5-2-13 083cloth cord vignette-title.

Have you ever had one of those project ideas that is super cool and amazing with fireworks going off in your head?  And then the actual execution is more of a fizzle?

I’d been dreaming of doing a pulley light for the better part of a year now.  I would eagerly scour antique stores in search of the perfect vintage pulley.  It had to be the correct size with the right amount of patina for the right price.  Once I found it and did a celebratory dance, (see here) I started thinking about cords and light bulbs.  I was leaning towards the colorful cloth cords (pricey) and the edison bulbs.  I assumed I would have to order a cord online so the project ended up being on hold a bit while I (saved money) decided what I wanted to do.


c5-2-13 001Treehouse plants.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to attend a get-together for bloggers at the environmentally concious home improvement store, Treehouse.  It was fun joining friends, as well as meeting new ones and learning about Treehouse and some of it’s fabulous products.  I happened to have my point-and-shoot in my purse so I was able to take a few photos.  Treehouse is a fairly new “Green” store in Austin which carries most of the typical home improvement items you would expect.  (Paint, cabinets, tile, tools, plants, flooring, lighting, plumbing, roofing, etc.)  The focus is energy efficiency, environmental conciousness and living a healthy life in a smaller footprint.  It was great hearing a few simple ways we could save energy right away.

I may have been the most impressed with the kitchen area.  Years ago, it seemed that anything made from recycled materials was just plain ugly.  Seriously.  If it was recycled, it looked it.  But now, the asthetics have caught up with the function.  There were so many counter tops, flooring, cabinets and tile made from recycled materials that looked high end, sophisticated and just plain gorgeous.  Who knew?


c5-2-13 008lights Treehouse.

I thought the lighting section was fun, too.  The driftwood chandelier on the far right was pretty impressive (and huge) in person.


c5-2-13 009green light Treehouse.

This lamp with the peek-a-boo green interior was one of my favorites.


5-2-13 077Roost cloth cord.

The staff and the founder of Treehouse were so kind to our group.  I learned a lot and really enjoyed the evening.  Another thing that was quite exciting was the announcement of the door prizes.  (Of course!)  Treehouse gave away some awesome products and I ended up going home with…(wait for it)… a Roost fabric cord in turquoise!  Holla!


5-2-13 078plumen bulb.

And as a bonus, this fancy, energy efficient light bulb came with it.


5-2-13 103close Plumen bulb.

Once I started working on my pulley light project, I was extremely careful with the fancy light bulb.  I could just see myself dropping it on the floor and breaking it into a million pieces.  Ironically though, the bulb ended up being just fine.  I did manage to drop the ceramic end of the cloth cord on the tile floor and it didn’t fare as well.  The casing cracked in half, but thankfully still held together.  I wrapped it with washi tape for a pop of color and extra security (just in case.)


5-2-13 096pulley light.

Once I started creating my lamp, I discovered that no matter how much I tweaked or fiddled, the antique pulley just didn’t look right.  Bummer.  So I banished it back into it’s paper bag while the metal import pulley willingly (smugly) took it’s place.  The import just seemed to gel better with the other components.


5-2-13 083cloth cord vignette-title.

I also spent quite a bit of time working with the cord.  I just couldn’t seem to loop it around the pulley and bracket in a way that I liked.  And in the end, I thought that the cord hanging straight down was a bit wimpy.  So I had it dance down the wall in a zig zag fashion.  When I walk into the room and glance at it, sometimes I like it and other times I don’t.  Kind of a fizzle.

So what about you?  Have you shopped at Treehouse or worked some magic with a vintage pulley?

~Miss Charming

Sharing at these fun parties:

Serenity Now

Not Just a Housewife

Thrifty Decor Chick

52 Mantels


Frugal Girls

Six Sisters’ Stuff

Tatertots and Jello

Love of Family and Home

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


  1. that is AWESOME! love this idea!!!
    cassie recently posted..My New Kitchen Stools from Charm City FarmhouseMy Profile

  2. Erin @ DIY on the Cheap says:

    What a fun idea! Love the look of the pulley. Hmm now I’m inspired to find one!

  3. LOVE how you used the light! And those antlers and that navy wall! So FUN! Thanks for coming out to TreeHouse 🙂

  4. I’m definitely too far to shop at Treehouse but I sure wish I could! How cool! I love the idea of using the pulley! And that turquoise cord is great!
    Lorraine@MissFlibbertigibbet recently posted..Little Pink NightstandMy Profile

  5. Get out, I think this was meant to be. I love it. It’s a fabulous idea.
    Those recycled lights are stunning too. Have a great weekend.
    Julia @ cuckoo4design recently posted..Surprise!My Profile

  6. I think it’s fabulous! LOVE it. Looks like something that cost $1000 at anthropologie. 🙂
    Kelly @ View Along the Way recently posted..It is well…My Profile

  7. I love your lamp. I’ve had an idea for something similar but using an old bird cage holder/stand instead of a pulley. Thanks for stopping by Easily Distracted by Shiny Things and leaving a comment. I’ll have a reveal of my new kitchen paint color in the next couple days so check back soon!
    Kathleen recently posted..Rug and UpdatesMy Profile

  8. You are so creative! I’m trying to think of a place in my home where I could add a Pulley Cord Light. I love it!
    Angie@SlipcoveredGrey recently posted..World Map Wall ArtMy Profile

  9. Very creative!! Love it!!
    Cyndi@Blue Star Antiques recently posted..Put this Bed to BedMy Profile

  10. Amazing bulb! and what a good save with the washi tape:)
    Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista recently posted..New Living Room ArtMy Profile

  11. I think it’s more than just a fizzle, girl – it turned out so cute! I’m going to have to google how far this Treehouse place is from Plano…those light fixtures are making my heart go pitter pat 🙂
    rebecca @ older and wisor recently posted..Like Sunshine in the Morning {a hutch makeover}My Profile

  12. Oh you clever and crafty girl! This is lighting perfection!
    Laura Ingalls Gunn recently posted..A Simply Sweet Gift for Under $5.00My Profile

  13. I think it’s super cool–great idea! I hope it grows on you over time 🙂
    Gretchen@BoxyColonial recently posted..Pinterest Challenge: Squirrel Wall! Or, Okay Whimsy: Simmer Down NowMy Profile

  14. Such a clever project – thanks for sharing at Monday Funday! Take care, Laura

  15. Woah this is awesome!! And I love the clock, too! You have seriously great style!
    Megan@RenterDecorating recently posted..A Renter’s OfficeMy Profile

  16. Thanks so much for linking up to our Inspire Me Please Weekend Blog Hop! I LOVE this industrial light. It turned out fantastic and is the perfect vintage piece for that space.
    xo, Jennifer @Blissfully Ever After
    Jennifer@ Blissfully Ever After recently posted..Inspire Me Please Weekend Blog Hop #10My Profile

  17. It was so great meeting you at Haven! I love this and will be sharing it on my FB Page tomorrow.
    kelley @ Miss Information recently posted..BBQ PizzaMy Profile

  18. I’m just now seeing this post, and had to tell you how much I love it! This is also the first energy efficient light bulb I haven’t hated 😉 I’m always worried about what’s going to happen to all those cool exposed light bulb projects that currently use Edison bulbs when we can’t buy incandescent light bulbs any longer (I worry too much, lol) but these would be a pretty awesome alternative!
    Brynne@TheGatheredHome recently posted..Living Room Update: Midcentury Brass Floor LampMy Profile

  19. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my blog thus i came to “return the favor”.I am attempting to find things to improve my web
    site!I suppose its ok to use some of your id\
    bathroom faucets ebay recently posted..bathroom faucets ebayMy Profile

  20. I’ve been surfing online more than three hours these days, yet I never found any fascinating article like yours.

    It’s beautiful worth sufficient for me. In my opinion, if all website owners
    and bloggers made excellent content as you probably
    did, the internet shall be much more useful than ever before.
    inexpensive bathroom sink faucets recently posted..inexpensive bathroom sink faucetsMy Profile


  1. […] Industrial Pulley Cord Light by Charming […]

  2. […] isn’t this vintage pulley light amazing!!! The Charming Zebra shows us how to make it for super inexpensive! This is a great Restoration Hardware […]